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Frosted days: Baked results for Thursday

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No, frost (as in ice crystal type frost) has not set in yet. I am thinking about how tomorrow will be filled with making frosting. All those cupcakes I made need frosting. I have to make the frosting and then transport it with me to Oslo and frost all the cupcakes when I get there. I don’t have sufficient transportation options for taking fully frosted cupcakes with me. I am not a big decorator anyway, but it is not as though I can make lovely frosting designs on the cupcakes thanks to this transport challenge. Sigh.

So… the list of everything that is coming with me to work on Thursday (I think this is everything, but can’t be sure)…

*Kahlua coffee cupcakes
*Lemon cream oat bars
*Mini chocolate pudding pies baked into vanilla cupcakes
*Crème brûlée cupcakes
*Dark chocolate hazelnut mini tarts
*Oreo truffles
*Highly experimental red velvet cupcakes
*Dulce de leche bundt cake
*Carrot-pineapple cake with a brownie layer in between carrot layers
*Brown sugar cupcakes filled with Toblerone candy
*Brown sugar shortbread
*Licorice cupcakes
*Banoffee cupcakes
*Vanilla orange biscotti
*Guinness cupcakes with Baileys frosting

Carrot pineapple cake with middle brownie layer

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In my last big bake, I made some carrot-pineapple-spice cupcakes with vanilla Daim frosting.

This week, I decided to make this in cake form with a brownie layer in the middle. Not sure how it turned out taste-wise, but will provide some more info on that front soon.

Carrot layers
1 cup carrot juice
280 g (2 cups) flour
65 g (1/2 cup) almond flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
400 g (2 cups) white granulated sugar
3/4 cup (175 mL) neutral flavored vegetable oil
450 g (1 lb) carrots, finely grated
160 g (1 cup) crushed pineapple (strain most of the juice from it)
3 large eggs
2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put carrot juice in a medium-pan and turn the heat to high on the stove. When juice starts to boil, reduce heat to create a low simmer and cook until the juice has reduced to 1/4 cup (about 5 or 6 minutes). Let the juice cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 350˚F and butter/flour two 9-inch-round cake pans.

Put the flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together to make uniformly mixed.

Put sugar, oil, grated carrots, chopped pineapple and reduced carrot juice in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat on medium for 15 seconds or until well blended. Add the dry ingredients in thirds, incorporating each addition. Add the eggs, one at a time, then add vanilla. Beat until incorporated.

Divide the batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool on wire racks.

Brownie layer
57 g (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate
113 g (4 oz) semisweet chocolate
113 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
105 g (3/4 cup) all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
150 g (3/4 cup) granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan.

Chop both chocolates into chunks. Melt the chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl (or over a double boiler) along with the butter and microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat a third time for 30 seconds. At this point most of the chocolate and butter should be melted. Stir with a fork until all solid chunks of the chocolate have melted.

Add the sugar to melted chocolate and mix. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.

Whisk the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together. Then mix this into the liquid ingredients.

Put the brownie cake layer in the center of the oven. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center comes out with just a few crumbs stuck to it. Do not overbake the brownie – it should be moist.

Baking ambitions – Almost reached! Sweets for Oslo on Thursday

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Oslo folks, so deprived all summer, will welcome the return of my obsession with baking. Probably. 🙂

I did not get as far as I wanted with my baking plans. It amazes me, though, that I got as far as I did. I really did not have that much time but still managed some of the plan. The final list is below with my wishful-thinking plans crossed out (undoubtedly to be baked sometime soon).

My ambitious baking plan included:

Shortbread
Carrot-sandwich cookies
Anzac biscuits
Cranberry-pistachio biscotti (altered: Cranberry-blueberry-cashew biscotti)
Tart cherry, blueberry and toasted pine nut biscotti
Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies (altered: Oreo-stuffed peanut butter cookies, recipe provided in another post)
Smil-filled chocolate cookies (Rolos really would be better! But it is yet another thing unavailable to me in Sweden! How can I do my biggest, best bakes without Rolos? Without endless waterfalls of chocolate chips?)
Samoa cookies
Nanaimo bars
Mini cheesecakes with Oreo crust
Oatmeal lemon cream bars*
Caramel apple crumble bars*
Kahlua coffee cupcakes*
Malted milk chocolate cupcakes*
Brown sugar cupcakes with maple frosting and candied bacon*
Carrot pineapple spice cupcakes*

Added after the fact: Peanut butter cup-stuffed M&M cookies! (I used the linked recipe but used M&Ms instead of chocolate chips since I can’t easily get chocolate chips here in Sweden; used Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of brownies as the stuffing.)

*recipe, photos and taste-test verdicts to follow

Oh and how Canadian of me to have both Nanaimo bars and maple frosting!

Watching Al Jazeera English program Witness: Truth on Trial about an international war crimes tribunal, prosecuting a Rwandan priest for allegedly perpetrating acts of genocide.

Sometimes when I watch things like this or think about things like what happened in Rwanda – and things that happen all over the world all the time, I wonder how it is I can bother with baking or care about some of the petty things I bother with.